NEW Mercedes-Benz GLE debuts at the New York Motor Show

March 27, 2015

The new BMW X5 rival; the Mercedes-Benz GLE is making its way to the New York Motor Show with a new style, improved engines and advanced technology. It will be available in the UK from September 2015.

Here, we have the revised version of the Mercedes-Benz GLE which is going to replace the M-Class. With new premium aesthetics and improved fuel efficient engines with reduced CO2 emissions. For the first time, Mercedes are bringing a plug-in hybrid version of their SUV with the GLE to rival the recently announced Audi Q7 e-tron and BMW X5 xDrive 40e.


The new Mercedes-Benz GLE features an iconic and more boxy appearance including roof-rails, dual exhausts integrated into the rear bumper and LED headlamps with daytime running lights which have been borrowed from the S-Class. The GLE has maintained the characteristics of the 1997 series model featuring C-pillars and the harmoniously integrated rear side window.


The GLE allows you to customise your interior with various new colours including Ginger beige, espresso brown, saddle brown or porcelain, along with a combination of black interior elements. In the centre, a large media display which is partially integrated into the instrument panel stands out beautifully.

NEW Mercedes-Benz GLE InteriorThe new GLE is replacing the current M-Class SUV and enhances driver assistance systems with new additions like crosswind assist and collision prevention assist. Plus with the eco start/stop function, a revised multi-function steering wheel, an infotainment system with 7 inch display and communication module as standard you’ll love driving it! The GLE will be offered with optional higher equipment levels as well.

The AMG line model benefits from 20 inch alloys, more aggressive bumpers, a sport steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and AMG line badges.


The choice between a four, six or eight cylinder engine remains the same from the outgoing M-Class model.

NEW Mercedes-Benz GLE

HYBRID: The latest edition of the hybrid version is called the GLE 500e featuring a 328 brake horse power 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine and a 114bhp (brake horse power) electric motor, which Mercedes claims delivers V8 power and refinement with a total output of 436bhp (brake horse power). It comes with a seven speed automatic gearbox and Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system comes as standard, with 18.5 miles of pure electric range also possible. It offers a fuel efficiency of 85.6 miles per gallon with CO2 emissions of 78 grams per kilometre.

DIESEL: The GLE will be offered with a choice of two diesel engines: GLE 250d and GLE 350d with a 201bhp (brake horse power) 2.1 litre four cylinder engine and a 254bhp (brake horse power) 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine respectively. An entry level GLE250d would be the most efficient model in the range offering a fuel economy of 49.5 miles per gallon with CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometre. Both diesel engines are EU6 emission standard and both come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Mercedes say the GLE 63S 4MATIC is now more powerful than ever before, powered by a 5.5 litre V8 twin-turbo V8 engine delivering even better driving dynamics. It has been upgraded from 518bhp to 577bhp (brake horse power). It is the quickest model in the range and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds – that’s 0.6 seconds quicker than before.


Engine GLE 500 e 4MATIC GLE 250 d 4MATIC GLE 350 d 4MATIC GLE 63 S 4MATIC
Twin-turbo V6, direct injection, electric motor 4 Cylinder in-line diesel engine V6 diesel engine
Output, hp @ at rpm 442 horse power at 4000 revolutions per minute 204 horse power at 3800 revolutions per minute 258 horse power at 3400 revolutions per minute 585 horse power at 5500 revolutions per minute
Fuel Consumption (Combined) 85.6 miles per gallon 49.5 miles per gallon 44.1 miles per gallon 23.9 miles per gallon
CO2 emissions 78 grams per kilometre 149 grams per kilometre 169 grams per kilometre 278 grams per kilometre
Accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour To be announced To be announced To be announced 4.2 seconds
Top Speed To be announced To be announced To be announced 155 miles per hour

Further details will be announced closer to GLE’s arrival in September. It will compete with the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.

Keep following our blog for more information about the Mercedes GLE when it makes its debut at next week’s New York motor show when further details should emerge.

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